Meek Mill Arrested for Reckless Endangerment
Meek Mill is in legal trouble once again.
The Wins & Losses rapper was handcuffed on reckless endangerment charges in New York on Thursday (Aug. 17) for allegedly riding an unlawful dirt bike and posting the evidence on social media, according to the New York Daily News.
A New York Police Department spokesperson said that Meek was popping wheelies without a helmet on Wednesday (Aug. 16). They allegedly found this information on Instagram and pulled him over a day later.
When he was pulled over, Meek reportedly turned on Instagram Live. “What happened?” he asked the officer. “What I do?” The official responded: “You weren’t riding on a motorcycle yesterday?” He added: “I got pictures of you, videos of you running up and down.”
TMZ published a video from the night before, which appears to show multiple bike riders popping wheelies down a street in Harlem. A$AP Ferg also pops up in the video, promoting his new mixtape Still Striving and his Meek collaboration, “Trap and a Dream.”
Joseph Tacopina, Mill’s attorney, spoke out on behalf of his client. “That level of investigation is normally reserved for heinous crimes, not for petty offenses like doing a wheelie on the street where you’re endangering no one’s life but your own,” he explained. “It really stinks of obvious targeting an individual who is a celebrity and maybe who law enforcement don’t like, and it’s not what the system is supposed to be about.”
Tacopina continued, saying that Meek was targeted due to his status as a celebrity. “If his name was John Smith, he wouldn’t have even been arrested,” he said. “You could go to 110th St. and Dyckman right now and you’ll see 10 kids popping wheelies on their bikes. Nobody gets arrested.”
Last year, Meek was sentenced to three months of house arrest for violating parole. The MMG rapper’s house arrest was later extended because he failed to follow instructions regarding community service.
Wins & Losses, which features Chris Brown, Future, Young Thug, and Ty Dolla $ign, is currently No. 4 on the Billboard 200.